Sarah Marie (Stein) Howes was born and raised in Glenwood, MN. She holds a Bachelor of Arts degree in both vocal and piano performance from the University of Minnesota, Morris. She then went on to earn her Master of Music degree in Vocal performance and Literature from the Eastman School of Music Conservatory. Sarah took first place honors in the National Association for Teachers of Singing two years in a row in both the upper collegiate level and the advanced level. She also took first place honors in the Syracuse, New York competition "Civic Morning Musicals".
Her operatic roles include Zaide (Zaide), La Rondine (Lisette), The Pirates of Penzance (Mabel), Dialogues of the Carmelites (Sister Catherine), The Nightingale (Peacock, world premiere) and Belle (The Fantasticks). She spent the summer of 2006 with the Austrian American Mozart Academy in Salzburg, Austria. She currently studies with George Gibson.
Previous teachers include Kathryn Cowdrick, Sylvia Stone, Jean del Santo and Janet Ahern. She has had the privilege of performing in master classes with Anthony Dean Griffey, Suzanne Draayer, Jeffrey Francis, William Lewis and Phyllis Bryn-Julson. Currently,
Sarah has her own private studio of voice and piano students. She continues to perform solo concerts at various venues, and is also very involved in her community. Currently, she lives in Maryland with her husband David and daughter Emma.
Adjunct Assistant Professor
B.A. Vocal and Piano Performance, University of Minnesota, Morris
M.M. in Vocal Performance and Literature, Eastman School of Music, University of Rochester